Text-Only Site

SOFTBALL GETS SET FOR THIS WEEK'S BIG SKY TOURNAMENT IN OGDEN

SOFTBALL GETS SET FOR THIS WEEK'S BIG SKY TOURNAMENT IN OGDEN

Full set of game notes (pdf)
Big Sky Tournament home page

PREVIEW
• Sacramento State (28-23, 12-6) will compete in the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament. The postseason event will take place May 11-14 at Wildcat Softball Field in Ogden, Utah.
• The tournament, which is a double elimination format, features four games on Wednesday, three on Thursday, two more on Friday, and the championship game on Saturday. There is a chance two games are played on Saturday if necessary.
• Every game of the tournament will be streamed on ESPN+. Live stats will also be provided.
• The Hornets, who finished the regular season in a tie for second place in the Big Sky standings, earned the No. 2 seed and a first round bye. Sacramento State will play in the second round on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT against the winner of No. 3 Portland State/No. 6 Montana.
• Six of the league's seven teams qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, and the winner will earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Sacramento State last won the Big Sky Tournament title and qualified for NCAA Regionals in 2018.
• Seeds for this year's tournament are as follows with conference records: No. 1 Weber State (13-1), No. 2 Sacramento State (12-6), No. 3 Portland State (10-5), No. 4 Northern Colorado (10-8), No. 5 Idaho State (8-10) and No. 6 Montana (6-11). Southern Utah did not qualify for the tournament.
• The Hornets needed to sweep their three-game home series vs. Southern Utah this past weekend to gain the No. 2 seed, and that's exactly what they did. What made that sweep so important is only the top two seeds at the Big Sky Tourney receive a first round bye.
• Sacramento State remains the only team in the conference that has qualified for every Big Sky Tournament since the league began sponsoring softball in 2013. And the Hornets have been the No. 3 seed or higher seven times (2014-18, 2021-22).
• The Hornets played six Big Sky three-game series this season, and won five of them. The only series they did not win came against Weber State where Sacramento State was swept (April 9-10).
• Hornets' records this season against the tourney field: Idaho State (2-1), Portland State (2-1), Northern Colorado (2-1), Montana (3-0) and Weber State (0-3).
• Should Sacramento State win its game on Wednesday, it would play again on Thursday at 4 p.m. PDT against Weber State, Northern Colorado or Idaho State. A loss on Wednesday, and the Hornets would play Thursday at 1:30 p.m. PDT.
• The quickest way for the Hornets to win the Big Sky Tournament would be to win three straight games, which would mean one game on Wednesday, one on Thursday, and one on Saturday. Only the top two seeds (Weber State/Sacramento State) have that potential three-game title route.
• The championship game will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT. There is a chance another game would need to be played, and that would take place at 1:30 p.m. PDT if necessary.
• Sacramento State will be seeking its second Big Sky title (2018) since the league began sponsoring softball in 2013. The Hornets' last two conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances came in 2018, and in 2008 when they were members of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.
• Amazingly, the host of the tournament has won the Big Sky's postseason event just once (Weber State did in 2016). Portland State won in 2013, Southern Utah in 2014, Weber State in both 2015 and 2016, Montana in 2017, Sacramento State in 2018, Weber State in 2019, and Portland State a year ago. Idaho State hosted the first three years (2013-15), Weber State hosted the next three (2016-18), Sacramento State in 2019, and Weber State in 2021. The Big Sky Tournament was not played in 2020 because of the pandemic.
• Of this year's tournament field, only Northern Colorado and Idaho State have yet to win a Big Sky Tournament championship. Each of the other four teams have claimed at least one title.
• Sacramento State is 11-14 all-time in Big Sky Tournament play, including 1-2 in the 2021 tourney.
• Hornets' all-time Big Sky Tournament records vs. the league's teams: 2-6 vs. Idaho State, 3-2 vs. Montana, 3-2 vs. Southern Utah, 2-1 vs. Northern Colorado, 1-2 vs. Weber State and 0-1 vs. Portland State.
• On Tuesday, Hornet right-hander Marissa Bertuccio was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week after her performances last week vs. Southern Utah, which included her first career no-hitter.